Today has been a good day!

After my pretty poor week last week, I am delighted to say that Monday has actually turned out pretty good!

I kick started the day with a bowl of Shredded Wheat and dried fruit. Sainsbury’s delivered mid-morning so I had a Danio Cherry Pot to get me through until lunch. I seriously love the Danio Yoghurts so I am extremely grateful that Sainsbury’s currently have them on offer!

Lunch was an egg white omelette using Two Chicks Egg White with a smoked bacon and plum tomato filling (I know – not the best but I had some bacon to use up!) followed by a peach! I haven’t had a peach in ages – but again on offer at Sainsbury’s!

Mid afternoon I quickly threw together my Lemon, Kale, Apple & Ginger Smoothie and topped it off with a shot of Matcha to give me some much needed energy before hitting the gym for my LBT session. I did however cave and have ONE chocolate digestive with a cup of Peppermint tea mid-afternoon too, but I resisted the whole packet!

I then hit the gym, did my LBT class and then had some time on the gym floor using the Treadmill, Rowing Machine and the Power Plate and have booked in for a weights session on Friday before LBT. I thought booking in for a session was the best option to take as I really have no idea when it comes to weights.

So after the gym and burning 528 calories in 77 minutes, I had a huge bowl of Turkey Bolognese with a Courgette Spaghetti followed by a tub of Whey Hey Ice cream! Heaven!

My total intake for today = 1439 calories (40% Carbs, 37% Protein, 23% Fat)

I have my calories set at 1700 based on my TDEE that allows me to work out and lose weight, just before I get told I’m not eating enough (I did go over a little yesterday so don’t worry), so still a few calories left over, maybe I can have another biscuit!

On second thoughts maybe not!

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UV Saviour Smoothie

Well it won’t fully protect you like an SPF would, but it’s full of antioxidants known as lycopene which has been shown to help protect the skin from sunburn so there’s no harm in treating yourself to this delicious fruit smoothie!

So seen as though we have some fine English weather right now, why not whip one up?

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Mango (300g)
  • 1/2 Red Pepper(55g)
  • 1/2 Mandarin (I cheated and used 1/2 tin of mandarins as I couldn’t get hold of a fresh one)
  • 1/2 Carrot (mine were pretty small so I used a full one – 53g)
  • 2 Iceberg Lettuce Leaves (41g)
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 200ml Water (I used water from my Brita filter jug)
  • I also added a shot of Teapigs Matcha to the individual servings to pack this full of even more antioxidants and to give myself an energy boost.

To make even cooler whilst you’re sitting in the sun add some crushed ice cubes!

Enjoy!

Serves 2

I know I try to avoid drinking calories where possible, but I find when the weather is nice I eat much lower calorie dishes, so no harm in drinking a few healthy calories – especially one that contains 3 of your 5 a day!

Nutritional Information

  • 185 Calories
  • Total Fat – 0.8g
  • Carbs – 43.6g
  • Dietry Fibre – 5.2g
  • Sugars – 35.1g
  • Protein 2.3g
  • Vit A – 88%
  • Vit C – 210.7%
  • Calcium – 0.2%
  • Iron – 2.7%

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Super Green Smoothie with Teapigs Matcha

Matcha SmoothieI’ve been in love with this smoothie since sampling it in Chicago so I’ve been keen to replicate it at home and I have to say it didn’t disappoint! Not only that it means my veg doesn’t go to waste, which I am regularly guilty of.

After a quick session in the gym followed by a Power Hoop class last night I am feeling a little virtuous this morning after having a healthy breakfast finishing off with this super smoothie packed full of antioxidants!

This recipe makes two servings each under 100 calories, personally I am not a fan of drinks with calories unless it is an alcoholic one!

  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Apple (I used a Pink Lady)
  • Raw Ginger – 16g or a thumb sized piece
  • Kale – 100g
  • Lemon Juice – 4 Table Spoons or if you have a lemon chuck that in
  • 100% Pressed Apple Juice – 100ml
  • Teapigs Organic Matcha

Put all the ingredients, aside from the apple juice in a blender, it helps if you cut the carrot and apple into smaller pieces, and blend until smooth. Add the apple juice and blend again until you are happy with the consistency, you may wish to add more apple juice or if you want to keep the calories down add some water. I have mine fairly thick but that’s my personal preference. You could always add some crushed ice too, which I plan to try next time.

So why add Matcha?

Well Teapigs have been heavily promoting their Matcha range with #MatchaMay featuring heavily across Twitter and the world of bloggers have been coming up with all sorts of wonderful and weird ways to use Matcha, so I seriously doubt I am the first person to put Matcha in a smoothie! I am an avid fan of green tea since ditching the normal stuff back at the beginning of the year and can quite easily get through a number of cups a day so when I saw that Matcha had the equivalent benefits of 15, yes 15 cups of normal green tea I had to give this a go!

The difference between Matcha and normal green tea is that the leaves are ground to a very fine powder which you consume, rather than throwing the bag and therefore numerous health benefits away. Such benefit claims include boosting metabolism, raising energy and reducing stress. All of which I need!

You can have Matcha as a normal green tea drink, latte, a shot or add to food products such as cereal and yoghurt. I’ve even had mine on ice cream! These options are perfect especially when you just don’t fancy a hot drink or don’t have access to a kettle throughout the day.

Already looking forward to tomorrows smoothie!

If you make one… enjoy!

Now for the numbers

  • Calories – 92
  • Fat – 0.9g
  • Potassium – 15.8g
  • Carbohydrates – 18.3g
  • Protein – 2.1g
  • Vit A – 1%
  • Vit C – 6%
  • Iron – 1%